Legalisation of documents from Singapore for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Singapore in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Singapore.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone with one or more documents from Singapore can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- the European part of the Netherlands
- St Eustatius
- St Maarten
Requirements for your document
Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.
Translation of your document
If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:
- Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
- It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
- If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.
Which documents can be legalised?
You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:
- an official copy of a birth certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
Certificate of unmarried status
Official copy of a marriage certificate
Official copy of a divorce certificate
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your document legalised by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then the Dutch embassy in Singapore will have to legalise it.
After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
How can you make an appointment?
Documents can only be legalised at the Dutch embassy’s front desk. First make an appointment online. When you hand in your document(s) you will get a receipt.
Collecting your document
You can collect your document from the Dutch embassy 2 days after you handed it in. The desk is open on workdays between 09:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Please bring your receipt.
What are the costs for legalisation?
For the costs and payment method you can check the consular fees list for Singapore.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in Singapore.
Verification of your document
The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. Legalisation does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.